In the 1990’s it emerged as a commercially guided recreational activity initially along the cliff coastline of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Its reach has extended not only to Cornwall, but Scotland also. Whilst the coasteering fraternity of yesteryear were happy, (or misguidedly brave enough), to jump around the county’s rocky outcrops, caves and waves in shorts and t-shirt, today’s coasteering collective tend to don wetsuit and helmet to ensure survival accompanies the thrill seeking. The BBC’s ‘Holidays Out’ programme called it ‘the best liquid refreshment you can get’ and Everest mountaineer, Chris Bonington found it, ‘immensely enjoyable’.
Today coasteering is a regulated activity and operators must adhere to safety measures. Professional coasteering operators only use qualified guides and supply all the necessary equipment including wetsuit, helmet and safety vest. Top places to go coasteering in Cornwall include Newquay, Bude, St Agnes, Polzeath and St Ives. Below you will find all the information you need on coasteering in Cornwall, including details on instructional coasteering courses for all ages, workshops, lessons, schools and clubs.